The Republic of the Philippines has been recognized as an independent state by the U.S. since 1946. Winrock’s legacy in the archipelago stretches almost as far — back to one of our predecessor organizations. The Agricultural Development Council, founded by John D. Rockefeller 3rd in 1954, awarded 99 graduate fellowships for agriculture and natural resource management research in the Philippines, more than any other country. More recently Winrock helped bring renewable energy to remote villages where more than 60 percent live below the poverty line and had been denied access to basic services like electricity. Winrock is currently working with smallholder farmers in Mindinao to establish a refrigerated supply chain to ensure products reach market fresh and appealing to consumers.
Crops that spoil or arrive at market in a condition consumers reject are a missed opportunity for the Philippines to reduce its food insecurity and increase the profits of its small farmers. To address that problem, the Philippines Cold Chain Project works to help smallholder farmers and fishermen on the island of Mindanao to produce high-value products consumers want, and to establish the cold chain infrastructure (basically, a refrigerated supply chain) necessary to ensure those goods are fresh and appealing when they arrive at market. The project also seeks to facilitate and encourage production and post-harvest handling practices that reduce losses of perishable food products.